Breaking Down Bandwidth

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How does bandwidth work?

Internet bandwidth is the measurement of how fast data can be sent over a wired or wireless connection, typically in bits per second (e.g. – 100 Mbps). While Internet speed is influenced by location and the number of network users, understanding how your bandwidth works can help you optimize the benefits of high-speed broadband in your home.

Today’s Connected Household

As more Internet-connected devices are added to the home, it’s important to understand current bandwidth needs, as well as anticipate future needs.

Do you own a smart TV connected to your home network? How many tablets, laptops, smartphones or computers are in your home? If you have multiple devices, you could be straining your current bandwidth.

Too many users could slow down your internet

The advantages of broadband Internet could be compromised on a busy network. Consider the number of users connected to your home Internet at once, especially during peak hours (8 – 10 p.m.) when the majority of devices are connected. Some devices may use more bandwidth than others, and having multiple users connected at once will contribute to a slower connection. Take a look at our bandwidth timeline to understand how much bandwidth your family may need to have an optimal Internet experience.


How much bandwidth does it take?

Gaming – 3 Mbps

Online gaming with an Xbox One requires about 3 Mbps download speed.

Homework – 10.3 Mbps

Web surfing (2 Mbps), streaming YouTube in 1080p (8 Mbps) and Spotify Premium (0.3 Mbps) add up fast.

Movie Night – 5 Mbps

A smart TV streaming Netflix in 1080p requires about 5 Mbps download speed.

HAVE THE INTERNET BANDWIDTH YOU NEED

Have more questions?

For more tips and support on optimizing your Internet speed, visit our Internet Support page.

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How do you get more bandwidth?

Find out if your home is eligible for a higher speed on our Internet Plans page.

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